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Session 2: Exploring the Patterns of Trade Along the Silk Roads

The physical environment influences human activities. The silk roads connected Europe with China and other areas of East Asia by overland routes. As demonstrated in the Session 1 learning activity, name of activity, deserts and mountains posed obstacles for the travelers and merchants. In this instructional activity students examine physical maps of the area and determine which routes would best avoid the obstacles. They then compare the routes they have chosen with the overland and maritime routes of the time period.

Key Questions:

  • How did physical geography influence the trade routes followed by the silk roads?
  • Why did Europeans trade with China?
  • What are the costs and benefits of cultural interaction?

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